Scenic Stony Stratford has finally achieved its ambition to become the best kept small town in Buckinghamshire.
For the past five years the town council has battled to win the prestigious trophy, but never achieved more than a highly commended from the judges.
This time, not only did it scoop the Michaelis Cup for best kept small town but it was awarded the special Sword of Excellence for the best overall winner in the county.
“I could hardly believe it when the letter came last week. Everybody is really proud,” said town council clerk Charles Brindley.
The competition, organised by the Bucks and Milton Keynes Association of Local Councils, judges towns and villages on everything from its cemeteries and car parks to parks and public buildings.
“We didn’t know when the judges came to inspect. All we were told is that it would be some time in June. So it’s wasn’t something we could prepare for,” said Mr Brindley.
The town will now be presented with a 12ft tall sign proclaiming its status.
“We will display it with pride,” said Mr Brindley.
Stony Stratford has also achieved fame for its floral displays. For the past three years the town has won a gold medal in the Thames and Chilterns In Bloom competition.
Two years ago it reached the national finals and was awarded a silver medal.
The winner of the Best Kept Village category for a population of between 500 and 1,500 was old favourite Great Brickhill, which last won the title in 2011.